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Monarch oasis

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Photo: Insectarium de Montréal (André Sarrazin)

Do butterflies – particularly monarchs – fascinate you?

Create an attractive haven for these wonderful migratory insects by growing milkweed and nectar-producing plants. Your garden will become a place where you can observe these flamboyant Lepidoptera at your leisure. At the same time, you will help protect a migration phenomenon that is unique in the world and, unfortunately, in decline.


For your monarch oasis to be certified, you must at least meet the three mandatory criteria listed below:

  1. Choose a quiet location for your garden, sheltered from the wind and sun.
  2. Plant milkweed and nectar-producing plants, preferably indigenous species.
  3. Maintain your garden an organic manner: be tolerant of insects and remove those that are unwanted manually or with a jet of water. Refrain from using any pesticides.

To improve and enrich your garden, you can also:

  • Plant a variety of plants to prolong blooming, thus attracting more pollinators.
  • Provide an area of wet sand between the flowerbeds, where the butterflies can drink.
  • Use compost and natural fertilizers (make wise use of these).
  • Become an Ambassador for the planet and promote organic gardening practices to your neighbours, colleagues and friends.

Tip sheet: Create a monarch oasis

Did you know that …

Monarch caterpillars and butterflies are not edible for birds. Most birds that eat them get sick and avoid repeating the experience. So you can easily combine a monarch oasis with a bird garden, if you want to enrich your My Space for Life Garden experience.


We also invite you to sign the David Suzuki Foundation’s Monarch Manifesto.

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